Officials also said as of early Saturday, seven students and three staff members had tested positive for COVID-19, while 10 students and 15 staff members avoid having to be quarantined due to being fully vaccinated.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday that the state is in a public health emergency and has re-instituted a public health emergency in the state for 60 days. The governor also called for a special session next week.
Animal shelters around Region 8 are feeling the impacts of people returning to work, as many adopted pets are being returned. The NEA Humane Society shares ways you can still take care of your pet, even with a busier schedule.
Although Act 1002 prohibits mask mandates in schools, Blytheville Interim Superintendent Jennifer Blankenship and Osceola Superintendent Dr. Toriano Green say they will still keep protocols in place during the school year.